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Fall Newsletter 2012 Final

Fall Newsletter 2012 Final

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Published by: Christina Wilkinson on Aug 13, 2012
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Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together 
Newsletter Fall 2012
No End in Sight to RelieveDangerous Parking Problem
 As a result of NYC Department of Transportation’s refusal to install a safety bar-rier, bollards or even a “No Parking” sign on the LIE 69th Street exit at westbound service road at Mazeau Street, dangerous illegal parking conditions persist.The 104th Precinct has been relentless in their summonsing efforts, but it isdifcult for them to get a tow truck big enough to impound these vehicles on aregular basis. The summonses are only the cost of doing business for the truck-ers and clearly not an incentive for them to park elsewhere.
 Photo taken by Linda Daquaro
Pg. 2 Fall 2012 COMET 
A motorist’s vehicle went out of control and hit six pedestrians and Connolly’s Restaurant on Grand Av-enue and 72nd Street in late June. There were no seri-ous injuries reported. Luckily it wasn’t a school day!In early July, a motorist’s vehicle jumped the curband hit Isabella’s Ice Cream Shop across the streetfrom the 69th Street Post Ofce. There were no inju-ries and no criminality.
Illegal Commuter Van Activity Continues to Plague our AreaVehicles Hit Local Businesses
Parking problems and dangerous trafc conditions are a huge problem in our community! 
 After numerous complaints to our elected ofcials and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission about commuter vans operating illegally in ouarea, Comet President Roe Daraio received a call from Assistant Commissioner Jeff Hunt, Taxi and Limousine Commission Enforcement, asking us to provide more detailed information. The information was sent to him and hopefully enforcement will begin shortly and be done frequently.We are pleased the agency will do some enforcement, but remain skeptical as to whether or not it will resolve the problem. Summonses are onlya small cost of doing business. We just have to wait and see!
 Photo by D Conlan Photos by Linda Daquaro
COMET Fall 2012 Pg. 3
Parking Woes on our Borders
Photos taken in July when school is out 
What Next? 
It’s bad enough that residents on 67th Streethave to contend with dozens of school buses allday at PS 229, but there are times when they im- pacted with them at night too.A repair shop on 51st Avenue that servicesschool buses has no room on the property tostore them. The owner parks them overnight onthe street. When the 108th Precinct summonsesthem on 51st Avenue, they are moved to 67thStreet on the 104th Precinct side of the street.When the 104th summonses them, they’re right back on 51st Avenue again. It has become a reoc-curring nightmare!
 Photos by Saverio Ricotta, Dick Gundlach and Shirley Warren Photo by Mike Fordunski
Last but not least, motorists heading down 57thAvenue on the Maspeth/Elmhurst border usu-ally see a couple of school buses parked on thestrip. During the school year, school buses lineup, leave their engines idling and folks have to breathe in the fumes. I guess we don’t get enoughfrom the LIE trafc!Luckily, the 104th, 108th and 110th Precinctswork well together and take action when we bring up these problems at our meetings. How-ever, we need a permanent solution that will giveresidents some peace and free up our precincts tohandle other issues!In June, Maspeth residents had to contend withthis trailer parked all weekend on Jay Avenuenear Hamilton Place taking up several parkingspots. It had Colorado plates. Luckily for us,Captain Cody, 104th Precinct, made arrange-ments to have it towed.
 If you see something like this, please report it to 311.
The Metrocard bus stops on 69th Street and Grand Avenue on the second Thursdayof each month from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The new number to call for information is 511. Sorry for anyinconvenience this may have caused.

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